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US Route 26 on the Sunset Highway from downtown Portland to US 101

This past month I drove US Route 26 from downtown Portland westward over the Sunset Highway to US 101.


The Sunset Highway portion of US 26 refers to an approximately 75 mile portion of the highway from downtown Portland at Interstate 405 westward through; Washington County, Tillamook County and Clatsop County to US 101.


The Sunset Highway was constructed in segments between 1933 through 1949.   The Sunset Highway was initially planned to be named the "Wolf Creek Highway" but the present name was decided upon in  early 1946.  When first completed the route of the Sunset Highway carried OR 6 out of downtown Portland via Tanner Creek Canyon via Canyon Road to OR 2 near the Washington County Line.  OR 2 carried the remainder of the Sunset Highway westward to US 101.

On the 1939 Rand McNally Map of a partially completed Sunset Highway along with numerous proposed sections can be seen from Portland west to US 101.  Note; US 101 at the time wasn't aligned through Cannon Beach b…